The 17th Annual SIG-USE Research Symposium focuses on the theme of inclusion and exclusion. This theme acknowledges that advances in information and communication technology—such as the Internet, social media, and mobile devices—have afforded individuals and communities new ways of connecting with one another and of accessing vast quantities of information, but that many individuals and groups still remain at the periphery of the information society. These groups include, but are not limited to, older persons, geographically or socially isolated persons, migrant persons, disabled persons, and economically disadvantaged and displaced persons, who are often considered at-risk and vulnerable. While some scholars have considered these populations and their information behavior and practices (e.g. Fisher et al., 2017; Jaeger et al., 2015; Pang et al., 2016), the aims of this Symposium are to strengthen and build the community of scholars and information professionals who critically consider issues related to inclusion and exclusion in their work. It also aims to provide an opportunity for scholars and professionals to reflect and gain feedback on ongoing work, to take in new perspectives, and to engage in theoretical debates.
The Symposium invites current research and research-in-progress submissions that showcase empirical, conceptual, theoretical and methodological work, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations.